East Tennessee State's Joao Ramalho Tabbed CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week to Open 2014 Season (9–3–14)

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Release: Sept. 3, 2014        Contact: Pete LaFleur (editor@collegesoccer360.com)

EAST TENNESSEE'S JOAO RAMALHO TABBED CS360 PRIMETIME PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward one of 10 D-I men's players on week-1 Primetime Performers Honor Roll for Aug. 29-31.
 


East Tennessee forward 
Joao Ramalho (Monte Santo, Brazil) – a third-year member of the ETSU program who appeared in only 12 games (mostly as a reserve) during the 2012-13 seasons, due to a pair of ACL knee injuries – headlines the initial 2014 CS360 National Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll for Division I men's soccer, as selected by CollegeSoccer360.com. Ramalho is the CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week and is joined by nine others (listed below) in comprising the 2014 week-1 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, covering games played during the opening weekend of the season (Aug. 29-31).

RAMALHO opened the 2014 season by posting a pair of two-goal games, as the Buccaneers defeated two quality teams, both in the top-40 of the CS360 preseason Composite National Rankings: (33) William & Mary (3-2) and tournament host (39) Virginia Commonwealth (2-1). Both opponents were 2013 NCAA tournament participants, as was ETSU. After missing all of the 2012 season due to injury, Ramalho appeared in only 12 games during his second season, making two starts with two goals and an assist during 2013.


Following the successful opening weekend in Richmond, ETSU head coach Bo Oshoniyi praised Ramalho not only for his goal production and finishing touch, but also for his consistently effective play on the defensive side of the ball.

East Tennessee State has returned to the Southern Conference, after spending the previous nine seasons as a member of the Atlantic Sun. The ETSU men's soccer team was picked third in the SoCon preseason poll (with one first-place vote), behind perennial league power Furman and Wofford.


Tthe 13 week-1 Primetime Performers include two who hail from Texas hometowns and two more from Florida, plus one each from: Brazil, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, South Carolina and Virginia. The 10 honorees include three seniors, three juniors, three freshmen and one sophomore (five are defenders, four forwards and one midfielder).


Headshots of all 10 week-1 Honor Roll members are included in the right sidebar, while detailed player capsules (with action photos) are being added to the bottom of this page.

... Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria (i.e. not solely based on raw stats):

• Performed at a high level in a game that could be key to the team's postseason qualification, typically in a game involving a top-40 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a conference favorite/leader from a league not represented in the CS360 top-40).

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent, contribution to team success and other situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.
• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as gamewinning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, all-around performance/consistency, filling role/gameplan, team spirit, etc.
• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).
• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field and/or against a traditional rival.
• (Note that more players from conferences outside the CS360 top-50 will be honored later in the season, as league races heat up and individual results have greater bearing on postseason qualification).

Note – Photos on this page are courtesy of the respective schools.


CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll #1     Division I Men
(presented by 
CollegeSoccer360.com … Opening Week, Aug. 29-31)
        "It's not so much what you do, as it is when you do it."


ANDREW BRODY  (Louisville … M ... So. … Orlando, FL … #7) 

BLAKE ELDER  (Air Force … D ... So. … Fort Worth, TX … #6) 
RICKY GARBANZO  (Coastal Carolina … F ... Sr. … Rock Hill, SC … #7) 
CHASE GASPER  (UCLA … D ... Fr. … Alexandria, VA … #15) 
ERIC KRONENBERG  (Denver … F ... So. … Boulder, CO … #25) 
GRANT LILLARD  (Indiana … D ... Fr. … Hinsdale, IL … #5) 
RICKY LOPEZ-ESPIN  (Creighton … F ... Fr. … Miami, FL … #7) 
ANTHONY MANNING  (St. Louis … D ... Sr. … Mesuite, TX … #4) 
NICK MIELE  (New Mexico … D ... Sr. … Albuquerque, NM … #5)
*JOAO RAMALHO  (East Tennessee State … F … Jr./So. … Monte Santo, Brazil … #7) 

* – CS360 National Primetime Player of the Week  


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ANDREW BRODY  
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BLAKE ELDER  (Air Force … D ... So. … Fort Worth, TX … #6)
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RICKY GARBANZO
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Chase Gasper 280A

CHASE GASPER  (UCLA … D ... Fr. … Alexandria, VA … #15

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Eric Kronenberg 280A
ERIC KRONENBERG  
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Grant Lillard 280AGRANT LILLARD  (Indiana … D ... Fr. … Hinsdale, IL … #5) 

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RICKY LOPEZ-ESPIN  Ricky Lopez-Espin 280A(Creighton … F ... Fr. … Miami, FL … #7)   

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Manning 280AANTHONY MANNING  (St. Louis … D ... Sr. … Mesuite, TX … #4) 


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NICK MIELE  Nick Miele 280A
(New Mexico … D ... Sr. … Albuquerque, NM … #5) 

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Joao Ramalho 280A

JOAO RAMALHO  
(East Tennessee St. … F … Jr./So. … Monte Santo, Brazil … #7)

 
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 editor@collegesoccer360.com